'''Martin Van Buren''' (
[:File:Martin Van Buren Baptism record.jpg|Baptism record at Kinderhook, New York Dutch Reformed Church]
; December 5, 1782 – July 24, 1862) was an American politician
who served a single term as the List of Presidents of the United States|eighth President of the United States
(1837–41). A member of the Democratic Party (United States)|Democratic Party
, he served in a number of senior roles, including eighth Vice President of the United States|Vice President
(1833–37) and tenth United States Secretary of State|Secretary of State
(1829–31), both under Andrew Jackson
. Van Buren's inability as president to deal with the deep economic depression following the Panic of 1837
and with the surging Whig Party (United States)|Whig Party
led to his defeat in the 1840 election.
Of Dutch ancestry, Van Buren learned early to interact with people from multiple...